Rock people! (And blunt Grandads)

Rock People!

I’m not on my own here am I? I’ve been doing this one since I was a wee spider myself. I used to give them as presents – to the point where my Grandad once said “Oh please God, not another bloody googly-eyed rock” when I proudly presented my birthday gift to him. (A Yorkshire man, my Grandad. Never one to mince his words.)

But those words did not deter me! And so now I find myself making them with my little one.

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” I hereby promise (places all eight hands on heart) that I will never moan about receiving these as gifts from Little Miss Spider. If my house becomes a veritable festoon of multi-coloured googly-eyed rocks then so be it. I have made my web – and will lie in it accordingly.”

Another thing you may have noticed is that I do like a craft that you can eek out another activity from. Why not grab a little bucket and make a nature walk, or a garden exploration out of collecting your stones? Also, they’re a great way to practice counting when you’ve got them home. You could even put numbers on the back.

Where was I? Oh yes!  . . . You will need:

  • A selection of small smooth pebbles.
  • A selection of paints. Poster paints mixed with a little PVA for staying power work well.
  • Shop bought googly eyes. Or eyes cut out a magazine. OR drawn your own on paper and cut out.
  • Marker pen or any little stick on accessories (If you want to add detail).

I’m guessing you don’t really need comprehensive instructions. You just paint the rocks, stick the eyes on, add detail with a pen if you feel so inclined once they’re dry. Easy peasy. I do however have a couple of top tips – but they’re not essential:

  1. Paint them all on one side only – leave them to dry, and then paint the other side. Saves on smudges.
  2. We painted ours white first to make the colours really vibrant.
  3. They also look good painted with plain PVA if you want to keep things really simple.
  4. Go as detailed or as simple as you like. Add hair, bow ties, rosy cheeks etc, or just stick to plain varnish and eyes.

Voila! Rock people. Might get my thinking cap on now – I’m seeing little rock people accessories: matchbox cars? Shoe box houses? Hmmmmm . . . Whaddya think?

Sparkle Elephant

You may or may not know this – but I have another blog  over on www.waterbirthplease.wordpress.com . One of the very few (in fact, I think only) craft posts I put on there proved really popular, so I’ve decided to share it with my lovely new Incy Wincy Followers. If you’ve seen this before then apologies for the repeat – but who doesn’t need Sparkly Elephants in their lives, eh? Here’s the post:

Over the past few days, we have made a “Sparkle Lellephant”. (Her words by the way. )

You Will Need:

  • The top part chopped off a plastic milk carton.
  • Tissue/newspaper and PVA glue for paper mache.
  • Card to make “Lellephant” ears.
  • Whatever takes your fancy to decorate it with. We used paint and sequins, you coud paint using a different colour scheme, use collage, felt tips, stickers, googley eyes - owt ya like really :-)

That’s only FOUR bullet points people! Count them!

So – cover your cut off milk carton with paper mache (you don’t even have to do this if you don’t have time/inclination. I found it kept us busy for ages, rounded off the sharper bottom edges, and I personally like the look of it. If you decide to leave it plain plastic and want to paint it - mix PVA glue in with your poster paint. It’ll stick better.)

Leave it to dry and then glue/tape on some ears. OOOooooooh - looking more “Lellephanty” now!

Now let rip with the paints/glitter/stickers . . . whatever! Little Miss Spider painted it herself . . . 

  . . . along with most of her face, arm and table, in the end. I then helped her with where to put the glue (and couldn’t resist a few extra touches myself – eyes, bindy and earrings) and she happily shovelled on armfuls of sequins and glitter.

I have glue in my hair, glitter in my eye, sparkly bits in all kinds of unmentionable places, and a living room carpet like a Bollywood film set – but I think our “Sparkle Lellephant” is well worth it.

Might use different sized cartons next and make a little family. Awwwwwwww

5 Toilet Roll Craft Ideas (6 if you include my husband’s really bad one.)

“My daughter saves toilet rolls! It seems to be her thing and we have loads now. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for some toilet roll crafts that would help use them up?” Ghostwriter Mummy x

How exciting?! An actual request. I’m so taken with this idea that I think I’m going to make it a regular feature on the blog. I’ll put a bit of thought into how it will work, and keep y’all posted.

So . . . toilet rolls. I immediately dismissed my other half’s suggestion of “Midget Fez” and came up with 5  ideas that I hope cover all ages and skill levels.

  1. Funky Bangles! Get scissor happy and messy with the PVA. A great one for all ages to try. Comic book snippits look particularly cool, or you could even just use paint/glitter/sequins etc.
  2. Castle: I made this with a variety of toilet and kitchen roll tubes, and a load of PVA. (Stand it on grease proof paper or  cling film when the glue’s drying so it doesn’t stick to a surface!) Little Miss Spider lent a hand with the paint, but this one’s a bit better for older kids. I think we’ll use ours as a desk tidy for her pencil crayons.
  3. Rocket! We glued a section of a plastic straw on the top to thread string through and let it slide down. Whooooosh.
  4. Butterfly: Make or re-use a finger painting to make the wings with younger children. Older ones can design their own. Add pipe cleaner antennae and away you go. I think these make a lovely alternative to gift wrapping a present – if the gift is small enough, you can wrap it in tissue and put it in the body of the butterfly.
  5. Animals to illustrate a song: We all sing songs to toddlers that seem to involve counting down animals. (5 little ducks, 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little monkeys etc) Why not make the appropriate animals and use them as a visual aid to the song? We like “5 little Moneys sitting in a tree.” (I am aware there are only two Monkeys in the picture – this is of course because the other three were snapped up by the proverbial crocodile, and not because I ran out of loo rolls – honest!)

Hope this helps, Ghostwritermummy - chuffed to pieces that you asked, and hopefully, this may be the start of a new interactive angle to the Incy Wincy Art Club?!

What’s that you say? You wanted to see the midget fez? Oh . . . go on then! Take it away Mr Incy Wincy . . .

TA DAAAAAAAA!

Also – I found a whole load more fabulous toilet roll craft ideas over on Red Ted Art’s blog – take a look.

5 Toilet Roll Craft Ideas (6 if you include my husband’s really bad one.)

“My daughter saves toilet rolls! It seems to be her thing and we have loads now. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for some toilet roll crafts that would help use them up?” Ghostwriter Mummy x

How exciting?! An actual request. I’m so taken with this idea that I think I’m going to make it a regular feature on the blog. I’ll put a bit of thought into how it will work, and keep y’all posted.

So . . . toilet rolls. I immediately dismissed my other half’s suggestion of “Midget Fez” and came up with 5  ideas that I hope cover all ages and skill levels.

  1. Funky Bangles! Get scissor happy and messy with the PVA. A great one for all ages to try. Comic book snippits look particularly cool, or you could even just use paint/glitter/sequins etc.
  2. Castle: I made this with a variety of toilet and kitchen roll tubes, and a load of PVA. (Stand it on grease proof paper or  cling film when the glue’s drying so it doesn’t stick to a surface!) Little Miss Spider lent a hand with the paint, but this one’s a bit better for older kids. I think we’ll use ours as a desk tidy for her pencil crayons.
  3. Rocket! We glued a section of a plastic straw on the top to thread string through and let it slide down. Whooooosh.
  4. Butterfly: Make or re-use a finger painting to make the wings with younger children. Older ones can design their own. Add pipe cleaner antennae and away you go. I think these make a lovely alternative to gift wrapping a present – if the gift is small enough, you can wrap it in tissue and put it in the body of the butterfly.
  5. Animals to illustrate a song: We all sing songs to toddlers that seem to involve counting down animals. (5 little ducks, 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little monkeys etc) Why not make the appropriate animals and use them as a visual aid to the song? We like “5 little Moneys sitting in a tree.” (I am aware there are only two Monkeys in the picture – this is of course because the other three were snapped up by the proverbial crocodile, and not because I ran out of loo rolls – honest!)

Hope this helps, Ghostwritermummy - chuffed to pieces that you asked, and hopefully, this may be the start of a new interactive angle to the Incy Wincy Art Club?!

What’s that you say? You wanted to see the midget fez? Oh . . . go on then! Take it away Mr Incy Wincy . . .

TA DAAAAAAAA!

Also – I found a whole load more fabulous toilet roll craft ideas over on Red Ted Art’s blog – take a look.

Create A Collage Box!

 

Putting together your own special box for collaging.

Yes, you can buy lovely shiny jars full of exciting craft things, sheets of sparkling stickers, special kits, coloured paper and a whole host of other paraphernalia to use to make a collage with your child.

Yes, I have frequently been guilty of purchasing said items. (I’m only human!  Spider! – and they are sooooo shiny!)

BUT – we have an old shoe box. I call this box Little Miss Spider’s Collage Box, and on those days when I’m really stuck for inspiration, then out it comes, along with the PVA glue, spreader, and a strong piece of card. It’s also handy for decorating other projects when you don’t fancy getting the paints out.  (such as the last post: paper cup skittles.)

So the idea is that without spending a penny, you’ll always have things on hand to have some sticking fun. I’d encourage every parent to have one of these. Here are some ideas of what to put into it:

  • Go through old magazines together. Have a theme in mind if you like (animals, under the sea, smiley people, flowers, insects, anything green/pink/blue, food etc), and ask your child to find relevant pictures. Older kids can help you cut them out, younger children can have fun finding them:  Keep each “theme”  in a different envelope if you’re the super organised type, or just use it as a one-off activity before you stick them down to make a picture.
  • Remember me telling you not to throw away finger paintings? Well this is one reason why. Chop them up and keep the most colourful pieces! Great for collaging.
  •  Dried food such as pasta shapes, lentils and rice.
  • You know those annoying ribbon loops in the shoulders of new clothes? I always chop them out and keep them in the collage box.
  • Any stickers that crop up (from kids magazines and stuff.)
  • Left over bits of wrapping paper.
  • Bits of bubble wrap, shredded paper, polystyrene shapes, tissue paper - all found in packaging.  
  • Scraps of material, bits of string etc.
  • Cut out characters from children’s magazines.

You get the gist? And those were just the free ideas – we also have glitter and sequins and a few other shop bought bits, but the point is, anything goes really.

What will you be putting in yours? Maybe you do this already and have some other suggestions? Do let me know.

Now for an activity this weekend – how about decorating your Collage Box together?

Noisy Marble Pictures!

Last week’s post was messy - and then made a fun game. This week’s is messy – and then makes a big noise! Yey!

You will need:

  • An empty tin. Preferably at least side-plate size, but the bigger the better, I say! (If you really don’t have a tin, then an empty plastic tub would do – but it’s not half as noisy)
  • Some marbles. Between 3 and 6.
  • Paper/card in your choice of colour.
  • Poster paints
  • Ear plugs (optional).

And here’s what you do:

  • Draw round the base of your tin on your chosen paper or card.

  • Cut it out a little bit smaller so it fits easily into the bottom of the tin. 
  • Encourage your little spiders to drop in the marbles one by one. How many can they count?

  • Next, squeeze into the tin a few blobs of poster paint. LESS IS MORE with this. For an average sized biscuits tin, just two or three penny sized blobs is a good amount, and bright contrasting colours work really well.

  • Put the lid on tightly. Now when me and Miss Spider do this, we do a BIG ol’ countdown! “THREE  . . . TWO . . . ONE . . . SHAKEY SHAKEY SHAKEY!” (WHY didn’t I take a photo of this?! AH well – having too much fun probably.)
  • Let them go wild shaking that tin about and making as much noise with it as they can! They may only be little enough to SHAKEY SHAKEY SHAKEY, or they may want to try swirling the tin in circular movements or swishing it back and forth to see what patterns they can make. 
  • The Reveal! Build up the excitement as you “OOoh” and “AAAhhh” lifting the lid and revealing their own special marble picture! Wow!

 

  • Why not do a few more? (We’ve even done this with PVA glue on black card, then sprinkled glitter all over it.) Or try different card/colour combinations. Shake high, shake low, put some music on and shake your booty whilst you’re at it.  

I think the results are pretty funky! They make great backgrounds for a favourite family snap to pin on the wall, or why not string them up and make them into pretty danglers?

Lovely. Let me know how you get on? Till next time . . .

Paper Cup Skittles!

It was hard what to do for my first actual “making” post. Tempting as it was to go for something impressive, I swiftly reminded myself that this isn’t what Incy Winy Art Club is about. Remember me saying how a lot of these projects won’t look that pretty? That it’s more about the fun of making and letting your toddler rip with the paints, the mess, and the fun? That’s it’s not about spending a lot, but having creative time together? Well, this illustrates that perfectly.

Paper Cup Stacking Skittles! Yey!

On a whim whilst doing the supermarket shop, I bought some plain white paper cups – very cheap they were too. Here’s what we did with them.

You Will Need:

  • Paper cups – a plain colour is best.
  • Paints
  • Brushes/sponges/hands and fingers
  • Decoration (if you wish) glitter/stickers/googly eyes.

It’s fairly self-explanatory really. Let them decorate their cups however they wish. Then, when they’re dry, stack ‘em up and knock ‘em down!

Little Miss Spider decided to go for a fetching blue/red/yellow random combo. . .

Younger toddlers might try hand print decorations, whereas older children might want to do a “proper” picture?  Or maybe you could cut out family faces to decorate hand drawn bodies (illustrated by Mr Incy Wincy below) ? . . .

 

We ended up cutting out some favourite characters from an old kids magazine and glueing them on. This proved to be a smart move when bashing them over with a ball later on. “HAHA! DADDY PIG FALL OVER!”

Not only did she LOVE stacking them all up and bashing them down with a ball, but she also liked it when I put them all level on the floor,  hid something under one of them while she looked away, then jumbled them up and she had to find the surprise. Bless. We”ll have to make some more soon I suspect, they’ve been played with so much.

I guess the beauty of this is not only that it’s cheap, but you can make the decoration as easy or as intricate as your child wants. AND it doubles as a fun game or two. Let your imaginations go . . .  and please do let us know how you get on!

PPPsssssssssstt . . .  Next weeks is gonna be messy AND noisy! Yey!

My Art and Craft Essentials . . .

Art and craft sessions are a frequent but very rarely planned affair in the Incy Wincy household. If I have an hour to kill with Miss Spider, and it’s throwing down with rain outside, then I like to go to my big box of resources and ad-lib a little.
 
 
Everyone likes doing different things, and some of the post that will follow will also require extra bits and bobs to get hold of, but I’ve put together a list of essentials that I always keep in:
 
  • A set of primary coloured poster paints
  • Black and white poster paints
  • Sequins and/or glitter
  • PVA glue
  • White and coloured card
  • Newspaper
  • Brushes and sponges
  • Collage box (all will be explained)
  • Wax crayons
 
That’d be my must-have list. Now, a few ideas of what’s nice to have in but not essential:
 
  • Gold and silver paint
  • Lollypop sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Any spare photos of little ones or family
  • Stickers
  • Felt tips
  • Straws
  • Mixing palette
  • Non-spill water pot
  • Paper plates
  • Googly stick-on eyes
 
 
And finally – a few ideas on what you shouldn’t be throwing away! One man’s junk is another spiders treasure . . .
 
·        An assortment of empty boxes – from hot chocolate tubs to egg cartons. Keep a few spare if you can – they always come in handy.
·        Sheets of stickers. They’re free with all sorts of stuff these days.
·        Old newspapers – great to have one or two spare.
·        Plastic tubs. Margarine for example. Great for mixing paint and using as water pots but also good for keeping bits and bobs in.
 
OOooh - and never throw away a decent messy finger painting! They can be used for a lot more than fridge decoration! (You guessed it – a further blog post will be giving you some ideas.)
 
 These are just ideas to get you started. What would you add? To which list?  Maybe you already have a plethora of art and craft supplies and are good to go! Hurrah! Either way, feel free to feedback and stay tuned for Friday’s post . . . our first make! (Something tells me it might be indoor weather anyway.)  
 

Hello World!

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Hello! Thank you SO much for coming to take a look  at Incy Wincy Art Club! We’re all about keeping it EASY and FUN, so great for the arty/crafty amongst you, and greater still for those of you who are completely UN arty but would love some simple ideas to keep you and your little ones occupied. 

 

 Here’s what it’s all about, and how it will work:

  • There will be a new idea posted every friday so you have some inspiration for the weekend ahead.
  • Ideas will  be EASY and accessible for every age and ability of toddler, pre-schooler (and parent)!
  • Cost/equipment will be as minimal as possible. Yes – we can all try to build amazing fantasy castles with 20 million  boxes, glue guns, craft tiles, modelling equipment and a spare few days, but for most of us, life (and budget) get in the way. 
  • Incy Wincy Art Club is your Art Club. Get involved! Whether it’s trying out an idea, leaving feedback, or posting/tweeting pictures of your efforts  – we’d love to hear from you. Keep an eye out for linkys.

Our ethos is all about having fun and spending quality, creative time with your little spiders! The finished article may not  always look that polished or pretty – it’s more about the journey together, allowing your child to express themselves and take pride in what they can create.

We believe Art is a great leveller. Whatever your childs abilities in other areas, everyone can have fun and get messy with paint! Yeah!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next post: A recommended list of basic equipment to get you started, and developing your own collage box - then come and see us on Friday when the first idea for you to try out will be posted.

Most importantly . . . enjoy . . .